COVID-19 Updates

ACCESS TO THE LATEST COVID-19 INFORMATION

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and its affiliate practices are prepared to care for any patients who have potentially been exposed with infectious diseases, including COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). We are continuing to monitor the outbreak at a global and regional level.

If you are experiencing symptoms, call your provider first before driving to the office.

If you have been diagnosed as COVID positive and are interested in receiving monoclonal antibodies, please contact your primary care physician to see if you are eligible. 

Walk-In Vaccines
Hugh Chatham Urgent Care in Jonesville and Clingman Medical Center & Express Care are currently offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccines. We are encouraging everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Location Information:

Hugh Chatham Urgent Care – Jonesville
www.hughchatham.org/urgentcare

Clingman Medical Center & Express Care
www.hughchatham.org/familymedicine

Transportation
If you need assistance with transportation, we encourage you to reach out to our community partner YVEDDI at 336-679-2071. It is recommended that you call 48 hours prior to your appointment time to schedule your transportation.

Hugh Chatham is now offering COVID vaccines for children ages 5-11 at Hugh Chatham Family Medicine in Elkin on Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. Please call 336-835-4819 to schedule. You do not have to be a patient of Hugh Chatham to make an appointment.

Is it Coronavirus (COVID-19), the flu, a cold, or seasonal allergies?

All four can look very similar, making it hard to tell the difference. Use the information below to help you decide when to seek care for you or your child.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What are the most common symptoms? (Keep in mind, you may have one or all of these symptoms.)
Fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell

How long does it take for you to have symptoms after you are exposed?
2-14 days

How long do symptoms last?
Not known

 

The Flu

What are the most common symptoms? (Keep in mind, you may have one or all of these symptoms.)
Aches, chills, cough, diarrhea (loose stool)*, fatigue, fever, headaches, runny nose, sore throat, stuffy nose, vomiting*
*more common in children than adults

How long does it take for you to have symptoms after you are exposed?
1-4 days

How long do symptoms last?
3-7 days

 

A Cold

What are the most common symptoms? (Keep in mind, you may have one or all of these symptoms.)
Fever*, mucus dripping down your throat (post-nasal drip), runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose, watery eyes
*more common in children than adults

How long does it take for you to have symptoms after you are exposed?
1-3 days

How long do symptoms last?
7-10 days

 

Seasonal Allergies

What are the most common symptoms? (Keep in mind, you may have one or all of these symptoms.)
Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, watery eyes

How long does it take for you to have symptoms after you are exposed?
Right away

How long do symptoms last?
As long as you’re exposed to allergens

If you start to feel sick, try not to panic or think the worst.

• Coronavirus shares some of the same symptoms caused by the flu and colds, including fever and cough.
• Remember, it’s still cold and flu season and seasonal allergies are widespread.
• For most people who are normally healthy, coronavirus does not cause serious health problems.

 

How to seek care for coronavirus:
If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell and/or taste, stay home and isolate yourself from others. To request an appointment, please visit www.hughchatham.org/appointments.

If your symptoms are life-threatening, call 911 immediately.

Know your risk for contracting COVID-19.

If you believe you’ve been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and have not traveled to any of the affected areas, here is how you can determine your risk for contracting the virus.

 

No Risk

Walking by or briefly being in the same room as a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Low Risk

Being in the same room as a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms but you were not within 6 feet.

Moderate Risk

Sustained contact within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 while they had symptoms.

High Risk

Close household contacts of people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are at an elevated risk.

 

If you have further questions related to COVID-19, that are non urgent, please contact the Hugh Chatham Care Line at 336-527-CARE (2273). Learn more about how to assess your risk from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For instructions for an easy-to-sew pleated surgical mask, please click here.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To get the most accurate and up to date information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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